#HisNameIsCayden: Facebook User Fired After Racially Charged Post
By: Naturally Triece
According to AtlantaBlackStar.com, the man who is known as Geris Hilton on Facebook (real name Gerod Roth) has officially been terminated from his position at Polaris Marketing Group after posting an image to his social media page of a little boy, who is the son of Roth’s former co-worker. The image spurred many hurtful and racially-charge comments and has since went viral.
The company released this statement in regards to his Facebook post:
“This morning I was disgusted to learn that one of my former employees made several racially charged comments on his personal Facebook page. Even worse, the comments were directed toward the son of another employee.
It breaks my heart that Sydney and her adorable son Cayden were subjected to such hateful, ignorant and despicable behavior. Cayden visits my office almost every afternoon after daycare, he’s sat at my dinner table and I consider him a part of the PMG family.”
The issue behind the image is that Roth and some of his friends chose to make fun of the little boy, calling him Toby and Kunta Kinte.
Here are just a few of their comments:
“I didn’t know you were a slave owner,” a poster by the name of Emily Irene Red reportedly said. According to the tweet below, she has since been fired. Casualty No. 1.
@tyriquex Just spoke to the manager of The Conch Republic Grill. Emily Irene was fired today. He says they were “appalled” by her remarks.
— DavidGrapeJuice (@DavidGrapeJuice) October 1, 2015
“Send him back dude those f–kers are expensive,” another Facebook user, by the name of Dylan Kleeman, reportedly wrote.
“But Massah I dindu nuffin,” Baron O’Malley wrote, according to AtlantaBlackStar.
The child has been identified by his mother, Sydney, as Cayden Jace. She has since took to her Facebook account to post her gratitude for the media attention that the image has gotten which is what helped get Roth fired for his ignorant and hurtful comments.
The hashtag #HisNameIsCayden has literally taken over the internet as more and more people have become aware of the bigotry that the young boy suffered.
So what are your thoughts on this hurtful story? Should all of the commentators on Facebook lose their jobs? Tell us what you think.